May 3, 2015

"Anedosa"

You probably noticed yesterday something really peculiar: a thick cloud raising quickly on the west side of the caldera and spreading mostly to Pyrgos, Akrotiri, Imerovigli and Fira. You, the lucky visitors of Santorini, have experienced the rare local natural phenomenon “anedosa”, which is generated by the temperature difference between the volcano and the island, especially with west winds. It looks like fog or smoke which is full of humidity. It rises abruptly from the caldera spreading onto the rest of the island and then dissolves.  Because of the lack of rain, “anedosa” is thus considered beneficial for the island, as it provides the necessary humidity to the vines.
 If you want to observe this rare phenomenon more closely, you can try going at the Monastery of Prophet Ilias, at the mountain over Pyrgos. Another possibility is to walk up to the church of Prophet Ilias, at the hill with the pine trees, between Imerovigli and Oia. It is definitely worth a visit!